As society has advanced throughout the years, so to have corporations. What starts out as a small shop or service that people want to purchase grows into big names we recognize today, with the right financial minds of course. What has resulted are thousands of companies surrounding us today, giving us whatever we may want at a convenient location near us. All we have to do is drive there.
But have you ever stopped to think how big corporations have gotten where they are today? The world of business is cutthroat, and there's no doubt there would be some compromises and sacrifices made to get an edge in the market. Do you ever think how Wal-Mart has become one of the most successful retailers in history, or how Coca-Cola has been able to create such a popular drink? It all hones down to what lengths people are willing to go just to put some extra cash in their pockets.
Living in the world today, none of us are strangers to how money can corrupt an individual, and corporations are no different- in fact they are arguably worse. Over the years, companies have done heinous and terrible acts just to increase their overall sales. What I've found about some corporations I go to definitely shocked me, and it will probably do the same to you as well. Consider this your disclaimer.
Here are 15 evil acts committed by big corporations just to make an extra buck.
15 Bayer - HIV Contamination
14 Chiquita - Causing a Civil War
13 IBM - The Death Calculator
12 GM - Faulty Ignition Switches
11 Peanut Corporation - Salmonella Outbreak
10 Nestle - Forcing Their Milk On Young Mothers
9 Listerine - Selling Cigarettes and Mouthwash
8 Starbucks - Forcing Poverty
7 Google - Blacklisting CNET Reporters
6 IKEA - Furniture Built By Slaves
5 Coca-Cola - Water Shortage
4 Kids Wish Network - Lying About Their Cause
3 Disney - Forcing Paintings To Be Washed
2 Smithfield Foods - Animal Cruelty and Pollution
1 Volkswagen - Slave Labor, Making Bombs, and Supplying the Nazis
We've got a three for one here. I personally, will never look at a Bug the same way again. Volkswagen was founded around the time Germany began World War II. Volkswagen had its hand in the war by supplying the Nazi forces with the Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen. On top of that, they were the ones who made the V-1 bomb used in air combat. And the icing on the cake is that of all the workers who made these products for the Nazis, 80% of them were slaves from concentration camps. But before you start hating on the Nazis for sending people to be slaves, the slaves were actually sent at the request of Volkswagen.
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